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PARIS : A top aide to French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin resigned after he was charged with soliciting an under-age prostitute, in the latest setback for a government still smarting from its humiliating defeat in regional elections last month.
Dominique Ambiel, a television professional and communications advisor to the head of government, was arrested overnight Monday in western Paris in company of a young woman, reported to be a 17-year-old Romanian prostitute.
Ambiel challenged the police version of events, saying he was at a traffic light at a crossroads in the 17th district where two prostitutes were quarrelling.
One of the women had sought refuge in his car, getting into the front passenger seat, Ambiel said.
as quoted by Ra
...antiquated US 2 party system...
Mark Steyn says that the US President’s ‘transformational’ response to Muslim fundamentalism can save the Old World; European ‘managerialism’ can’t.
"I agree with you, brother," says Abu Yusuf, the earnest-looking financial adviser sitting opposite. "I would like to see the Mujahideen coming into London and killing thousands, whether with nuclear weapons or germ warfare. And if they need a safehouse, they can stay in mine - and if they need some fertiliser [for a bomb], I'll tell them where to get it." ..........
But it was the events of 11 September that crystallised Sayful's worldview. "When I watched those planes go into the Twin Towers, I felt elated," he says. "That magnificent action split the world into two camps: you were either with Islam and al Qaeda, or with the enemy. I decided to quit my job and commit myself full-time to al-Muhajiroun." Now he does not consider himself British. "I am a Muslim living in Britain, and I give my allegiance only to Allah."